My son has excelled at this school. Nothing but positive experiences with teachers and great kids for him to form relationships with. This year his math teacher suggested he move into another math class that was working at a faster pace. We couldn't believe the difference and how much our son enjoyed being challenged. We love this school!
SAA is an exceptional school. The teachers and administrators are true professionals who clearly thrive on excellence and work hard to provide a creative and engaging educational environment for each one of the students. The website will tell you about the fantastic programming; what really matters is that these people are great at their jobs! I am so very grateful my children are students at SAA.
There is no better school for our gifted child! After years of providing after school and weekend enrichment, we knew our child needed a school where he could have teachers who understand giftedness, and a curriculum rich with interdisciplinary and in-depth learning. Our child is so happy to be with students who have the same love of learning.
We absolutely love Science & Arts Academy! My child’s homeroom class has a poster that reads, ‘Don’t tell me to reach for the sky when I can see the moon.’ At the Science & Arts Academy, students in grades JK-8th live this motto day-in and day-out. Children are provided an encouraging, supportive environment and this allows them to absorb knowledge and excel beyond expectations. At SAA, all students work at least one grade above grade-level, and many work 2-3 grades above grade-level. And, all of this excellence coincides with a collaborative and supportive community of learners. As a parent, walking down the halls you can feel it. Truly happy, inspired children beaming with excitement at the end of each afternoon, with reports of their exciting SAA day. ‘Mom, we launched rockets in science and recorded data’, ‘We learned about the three branches of government and read the constitution. Then we voted!’ ‘In French, we went outside and counted in French as we jumped rope!’, ‘My team earned bonus points in math today for solving the hardest problem. It was an 8th grade question!’, ‘Today was my best day ever! In language arts we had a book party and discussed our reading while eating popcorn!’ This attention to the details, coupled with expert instructional delivery, truly provides a nurturing, warm, and compassionate environment where kids simply love to learn. Having fun while learning is not just reserved for younger children. Enjoying the process of learning is a Science & Arts Academy thing, and we are so happy to be a part of it.
My son has been a part of the SAA family for quite a few years. I feel the most important part is EVERYONE at the school knows him and is looking out for his best interests. There is no difference in academic to participation to the arts/music or character development. He continues to be challenged and enjoys it at the same time. Tim has great vision and more importantly execution as well as soliciting frequent feedback to change for the long run.
Whether you live in the City or the Suburbs, it’s likely that your local public school faces some big challenges, including: large class sizes, uncertain funding streams, and onerous testing requirements. With a focus on teaching for the test, many public schools are cutting back on “non essentials” from art, to science, to gym, to gifted programs.
In this context, the Science and Arts Academy (SAA) stands in sharp contrast. It is a school that does it all. Its greatest strength may be its Science program, which is one of the best in the state. But as the name suggests, the Arts are also strong. It has an amazing Drama program, where all students love to participate. The Art program speaks for itself. All you have to do is walk through the halls to see the caliber of work. It also has a Music program has grown over time to include Orchestra, Band, and Choir. Private lessons are provided at the school, so it is really a one-stop shop for the frazzled modern parent.
Of course, the main reason parents send their kids to SAA is for the accelerated Math and English curriculum. Most of the students perform at least a year above grade level and for those that are 2-3 years advanced, the school places them appropriately. It is differentiated and challenging.
Lastly, as a parent, I have to say that I appreciate the SAA community. The school is relatively small so the parents, teachers, and students all know each other. It is a supportive environment where the big kids take care of the little kids and they all share a love of learning. There is nothing “uncool” about being smart at SAA; rather, it is a place where children go to thrive and excel. All you have to do is walk down the halls to see it and feel it. For those with gifted children, it is a truly great school.